The Greater Westfield Community Band (GWCB) was founded in 1996 by Gene Bartley. Gene had three purposes in mind: to give adult amateur musicians a chance to play in a large ensemble, to promote music education in Westfield, and to continually keep the public aware of the importance of music in our schools.
The GWCB is a concert band and is open to all adult musicians. The only requirement is that participants be able to read music. The GWCB performs a fall and a spring concert. There are six weeks of rehearsals prior to each concert. The rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:30 to 9:00 and at North Middle School in Westfield, Massachusetts.